Cross has a long tradition of a well-regulated militia. Harkening back to its earliest days, when it was a requirement of each town to have a militia for its own defense, Cross has never lost that sense of necessity.
Too many dangerous events occur within the town’s borders for anyone to feel completely safe.
In 1923, the Cross Militia, numbering 27 members, practiced their drills and shooting at Coffin Farm on a cold November morning.
By the early afternoon, half of them were dead.
The militia members had stopped to eat their lunch when they were attacked by small, dark creatures.
The unknown beasts were terribly thin, but with muscles like banded steel and large, black eyes that absorbed all the light the world seemed to offer. The creatures moved faster than any animal the men knew of, and soon, less than 10 members of the militia remained upright and uninjured, standing in an old-fashioned fighting square and battling back the creatures.
After nearly half an hour of continues struggle, the beasts withdrew, dragging along the wounded and the dead, and feasting on them all. Soon, the creatures disappeared, and the screams of the wounded were suddenly silenced.
To this day, the Cross Militia patrols the wooded lot of the Coffin Farm, not only to see if the creatures return but to exact vengeance if they do.
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